Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
Find out what's going on in Norway on Thursday with The Local's short roundup of important news.
EU vaccine passport officially launches
The EU's much-hyped health pass scheme officially launches today and will open up borders for vaccinated travellers across the bloc.
Norway will participate in the scheme, and Norwegian Covid certificate holders can travel across the EU this summer using the passport.
Last week, Norway opened to travellers from a select few countries where the vaccine pass was already up and running.
There is some confusion surrounding the EU's vaccine pass as, ultimately, each country will have its own border requirements on matters such as testing and quarantine.
If you are planning on travelling using the digital health certificate, then make sure to check the entry rules for vaccine pass users in the country you are travelling to.
The Local will have an article on entry rules for vaccine pass holders in each of the countries we cover later on.
Cases of Delta Covid-19 variant rise
Cases of the Delta Covid variant, first sequenced in India, rose by more than 50 over the last week.
In total, there have been 353 confirmed cases of the variant in Norway.
"We should probably expect the Delta variant to take over here, as it has done in the UK," Head of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), Camilla Stoltenberg, told state broadcaster NRK.
The NIPH said that most cases of the variant in Norway were due to import infection.
Waiting quarantine period scrapped
The rule where a whole household must be in quarantine if one person has been in quarantine has been scrapped by the government.
The scheme was introduced on March 29th and applied to anyone who lived with someone who was quarantined because they had tested positive for Covid-19 or quarantined while they were waiting for a negative test.
279 new Covid infections in Norway
On Wednesday, 279 coronavirus cases were recorded in Norway, an increase of just under 100 on the seven-day average of 182.
In Oslo, 20 Covid-19 infections were recorded, one less than the capital's seven-day average.
The R-number or reproduction rate in Norway is currently 0.7. This means that every ten people that are infected will, on average, only infect another seven people, indicating that the infection level is declining.